Nanette's Baguette

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Kid-size dilemma turns hilarious with silly rhymes.

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Educational Value

Shows the mechanics of doing an errand, going to a shop.

Positive Messages

If you make a mistake, own up to it. If you let somebody down, be honest about it and take responsibility. No matter how afraid you are to confess something, forgiveness is possible if the other person cares about you.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nanette is friendly and cheery (if easily distracted). The baker is kind. Nanette's mom is nice and forgiving. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Nanette's Baguette, by Mo Willems (Kunffle Bunny), is a funny story about a little girl frog whose mom sends her to buy a baguette -- but she blows the errand by eating the irresistible bread. The story's loaded with silly wordplay (lots of words that rhyme with "baguette"), making it great for reading aloud. It also portrays a relatable problem: having to own up to something and confess. 

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What's the story?

In NANETTE'S BAGUETTE, a frog mom sends her cute little frog daughter, Nanette, to the bakery to get a baguette. "Is Nanette set to get the baguette? You bet!" Nanette is proud to be on her first solo errand but gets distracted and almost forgets, but finally the baker, Juliette, "gets Nanette the best baguette yet." Once it's in Nanette's hands, she can't resist and gobbles it all down: "This is as bad as it can get. ... Maybe Nanette will move to Tibet." But she gathers the courage to tell her mom what happened, and her mom forgives her and gives her a hug, and they return to the bakery and get another baguette. 

Is it any good?

This funny adventure succeeds thanks to its adorable main character, lively cartoon-like art, a relatable dilemma, and entertaining wordplay. Kids will love shouting answers to the many questions in the text, such as, "Is Nanette set to get the baguette?" "YOU BET!" screams the type of the facing page. 

But there's more to Nanette's Baguette than fun and silly rhymes. There's also the touching story of a kid who's afraid she'll get in trouble but who comes clean anyway and is forgiven. And, after all, who can resist a delicious baguette just out of the oven? 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about responsibility. Have you ever had a task to do but got distracted from doing and then had to admit you didn't do it? What happened? 

  • What's fun about words that rhyme? What other books have you liked where the lines of the story rhyme? 

  • Have you ever been tempted to eat something you weren't supposed to? What helped you wait till it was the right time? 

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